Three RNs Nominated for Nightingale Award From Delta County Memorial Hospital

Three Registered Nurses from Delta County Memorial Hospital were nominated from their clinical peers, supervisors, friends or family for the Western Colorado Nightingale awards and attended the 27th annual banquet in Grand Junction on March 22nd on the campus of Colorado Mesa University.

Jessica Bates, RN, Emergency Department was nominated for innovation in finding creative ways to implement electronic health records. Amanda Gauthier, RN, was nominated for leadership in the Intensive Care Unit. Katie Hebert, RN, Medical/Surgical Unit supervisor was also nominated in the leadership category.

Jessica Bates RN - Emergency Department
Jessica's determination and diligence to find creative ways to implement electronic health records for Delta County Hospital Emergency Department lead to her recognition for innovation. Jessica worked long hours, challenging her team with new ideas to make records more efficient. She always kept the phrase in the background, "How will this change or help the patients?" Her innovation, energy and leadership led to the successful implementation for electronic health records at her work site. The records have improved communication between physicians and nurses, while creating records that are efficient, timely and reduced medical errors while improving documentation.

Amanda Gauthier RN - Intensive Care Unit
Amanda Gauthier is a natural born leader who thrives on encouraging and exciting our next generation of nurses. Amanda exhibits leadership skills in her work with patients, students, and other staff members. As a critical care nurse in the ICU at Delta Memorial Hospital, Amanda displays all the qualities of a Nightingale nurse in her bedside care. Amanda exhibits an optimistic attitude and holds herself to a high standard of nursing. One of Amanda's passions in nursing is her desire to be a leader and to mentor students.

Katie Herbert RN - Med/Surg Supervisor
Katie Hebert is a solid and reliable resource for the employees that fall under her leadership. Katie is known to be dependable, calm, and humble. Katie takes on the role of "lead by example", and is one that will not compromise patient safety. Katie is a true professional; she goes above and beyond to assure patients are cared for in a professional and caring manner. Katie is a great example of what a nurse should be. Katie truly is the light that patients and staff turn to when they are in need.

The Nightingale Award for Excellence in Human Caring was started in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer. For the past 27 years registered nurses throughout the State of Colorado are nominated by their peers, supervisors, friends and family for this prestigious award. Nurses are nominated for one of three categories - Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation. Several nominees from the Western Slope event are then selected to go onto the State Nightingale Event in Denver in May. A total of 25 RNs from health care facilities on the Western Slope were nominated this year.